This book is part of a series that integrates social, economic, cultural and political elements of Western civilization. Each chapter is written as a complete unit - exploring historical themes, causes and processes, rather than simply stating names, dates and events. Volume I covers antiquity to the Middle Ages, volume II the early modern period to Napoleonic times and volume 3 the modern era to the present. Extensive coverage is given to Russia and Eastern Europe, there are "cultural" maps to allow students to see where cultural movements took place. Parallel chronologies of political, economic, diplomatic and cultural history allow students to see at a glance how events are related.